I was hoping that I would have been able to go back to part time work by now. That was the plan anyway – two years full time and then drop a couple of days. Maybe doing the odd work shop and sell a few pieces of work. Ha!
I’ll just keep doing the lottery then.
Had two days off together last weekend though which was really nice. I decided to go over to the Bluecoat and join the tour of the 3am exhibition, with artist Alan Dunn. He concentrated on just the films, nothing else, which was a step into alien territory for me. I thought I was the only one that skipped the ‘dark rooms’ when viewing an exhibition, but was kind of relieved to see so many people peep their heads through the curtains and then leave instantly. Relieved is probably the wrong word, as it must be awful for the artists that spend so long on the making, only to find that people have a fear of the space they occupy. Is it that we can’t see who is in the room, so we won’t enter?
Glad I went though. Sat in 3 dark rooms with strangers and watched the entire lot. Quite an experience.
Sunday, I headed over to Altrincham to pick up my work. (Rusty car exhaust surprisingly quiet) I was asked if I was an art student. Wonder why that was. Is it because ‘real’ artists don’t exhibit in empty shops?
Some of the artists were disappointed by lack of sales, but I thought it was a huge success because of the volume of visitors. Quite incredible really. It must be quite awful to have to rely on sales…which kind of brings me back to working full time.
We have to make money somehow. Sigh.
Not much else happening, other than I had to write up a fresh statement to fit in with the theme of ‘ industry’ for Macclesfield’s Barnaby festival next year.